Recovery Recipe + Workout + Family Time

As I mentioned in my last post, I am sick again.  Same story.  Feeling fine for the most part, just a bad cough that lingers when it hits.  The last time I had this, I kept on pushing through only to prolong my recovery.  This time, I am cutting out the cardio until the cough starts to subside.  That said, I took Thursday and Friday off completely.  I rested.  I slept in.  I spent some quality time with my husband and my daughter.   photo 2-146 Thursday and Friday night were both perfect nights to grab an early dinner on a patio outside.  First, we attempted to get service at Park Lanes on Montford.  After several requests for service, we continued to wait.  And wait.  And play corn hole.  And wait.  We finally gave up and headed across the street to Brazwell’s.

photo 3-124Thank goodness we made the change up.  I ordered something different than my usual.  It was amazing!  Veg Wrap with fries.  Steamed vegetables, spinach, tomatoes and pepper jack cheese wrapped up in a tortilla.  My daughter cruised the large outdoor patio while we enjoyed a nice, affordable dinner.  Sorry, we are not sorry that we did not get service at Park Lanes.

photo 4-94Y’all, as much as I like to get up early and get a good sweat in, rolling over to see this sweet face in the morning is so special.  I mean how innocent does she look?  Not a care in the world.  I owe her everything.

photo 1-140In taking a few days off, I made the important decision that I needed to try to eat as healthy as I could.  Craving something sweet and filling, I whipped up a smoothie that my daughter and I could share.  Hence, the large glass beside the small plastic cup.  All of my trips to the farmer’s market have paid off.  The recipe for this perfect smoothie?

Peach Banana Raspberry Smoothie

Add the following ingredients to a blender in sequential order:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup of skim milk
  • 15 ounces of water – sorry so precise, my refrigerator tells me how much water I am getting when it is dispensing (this is approximate)

I had to take a series of selfies as my daughter enjoyed her first few sips.  Hilarious!

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Big gulps and berries all over her shirt.  Gotta love it!

photo 3-123By the weekend, I was ready to do some physical activity, without getting my heart rate up too much.  I also didn’t really feel like sitting down to plan out a workout.  Thank you Tracy Anderson!

photo 4-93I started Tracy’s pregnancy series DVD during my first pregnancy about four months in.  I must admit that I can’t get into her non pregnant DVD’s, mainly because of the diet, but I REALLY enjoy her pregnancy series.  Equipment needed:  a set of light weight dumbbells.  I don’t know why I always anticipate this working being easy.  By the end of each section, my legs and arms are burned out.  I am left feeling stronger than I did before I started.  I can also do this at home (which is SO key!).  It helps that she is pregnant while she is training in the DVD, so she stops several times to explain form and reset.  Totally worth the $60 or so that you pay to keep your body together for the short months you are pregnant.  I swear by this DVD.  I buttoned my pre-pregnancy jeans just 2.5 weeks after I had my daughter.


I know I have bombarded the blog with a lot of talk about me taking back my exercise, but there is a lot of good stuff coming.  Aside from the workouts, in the past few weeks, I have been welcomed as an ambassador for Fitfluential, Sweat Pink and Girls Gone Sporty.  YES!  What does this mean?  A lot of exposure to all things Charlotte.  A lot of product reviews and giveaways.  A lot of good stuff for everyone who reads the blog.

photo 1-141This week, I opened up my mailbox and found a sweet package from Manitoba Harvest.  Haven’t heard of it?  Get ready for more information, plus a great afternoon fuel recipe.

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